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The Disappearing

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Best Books of 2018

Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy spins a twisted, atmospheric tale about a small Southern town where girls disappear and boys run away.

When Lane Fielding fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she'd never return. But 20 years later, newly divorced and with two daughters in tow, she finds herself tending bar at the local dive and living with her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation. Here, the past haunts her and the sinister crimes of her father - the former director of an infamous boys' school - make her as unwelcome in town as she was the day she left.

Ostracized by the people she was taught to trust, Lane's unsteady truce with the town is rattled when her older daughter suddenly vanishes. Ten days earlier, a college student went missing, and the two disappearances at first ignite fears that a serial killer who once preyed upon the town has returned. But when Lane's younger daughter admits to having made a new and unseemly friend, a desperate Lane attacks her hometown's facade to discover whether her daughter's disappearance is payback for her father's crimes - or for her own.

With reporters descending upon the town, police combing through the swamp, and events taking increasingly disturbing turns, Lane fears she faces too many enemies and too little time to bring her daughter safely home.

Powerful and heart-pounding, The Disappearing questions the endurance of family bonds, the dangers of dark rumors and small town gossip, and how sometimes home is the scariest place of all.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Beautifully written and expertly plotted, The Disappearing is a twisty, haunting, and utterly riveting thriller. Lori Roy just gets better and better." - Alafair Burke

"Lori Roy has been on my must-read list since her debut. There's a reason she's already won two Edgar Awards -- exemplary plotting, clever twists, and compelling characters -- but for me it is her voice that holds the most power. She writes with an ingenious, whispering menace and a masterful understanding of the way the past works on the present, and on the human heart. The Disappearing is her finest work to date." - Michael Koryta

"Lori Roy's is a welcome addiction to American fiction." - Dennis Lehane

"Lori Roy is an impeccable writer—original, fearless, and insightful. The Disappearing, with its dark secrets and damaged souls, is another triumph of Roy’s skill: it’s insidiously sinister, seamlessly plotted, and relentlessly haunting." - Hank Phillippi Ryan

"As dark and atmospheric as a Northern Florida summer night, The Disappearing is Lori Roy at the top of her game. Her simmering tale is, at the heart, a compelling mystery. But it’s also a deep meditation on family and the secrets and lies that can twist through our lives like a strangler fig. The powerful sense of place and a haunting cast of characters linger long after the book is closed. If you haven’t read Lori Roy, now is the time." - Lisa Unger


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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Disappearing (Wheeler Publishing Large Print)
Author(s): Lori Roy
ISBN: 1-4328-5697-9 / 978-1-4328-5697-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Disappearing: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Roy
ISBN: 1-5247-4193-0 / 978-1-5247-4193-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Disappearing: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Roy
ISBN: 1-5247-4194-9 / 978-1-5247-4194-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Disappearing: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Roy
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July 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Disappearing: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Roy
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Disappearing: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Roy
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Disappearing: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Roy
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Kindle Editions

July 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Disappearing: A Novel
Author(s): Lori Roy
Publisher: Dutton
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